Friday, September 19, 2014

Cheers to the Weekend!!

Yay for Friday! The week flew by & I'm glad for that. I know I shouldn't wish my life away but I like weekends. We're off to Houston in a little bit. Crossing my fingers that the interstate isn't a nightmare. Those of you that don't live here may think it's just Baton Rouge, how bad can traffic be? Trust me, it's as bad as cities way bigger. We have "the bridge" & it's newsworthy if there isn't "an incident" on it. Thankfully, I don't have to travel that direction on a daily or even weekly basis. I would probably poke both of my eyes out. 

I thought this was an interesting article.

I had a Dermatologist appointment this week for my yearly skin check. Sadly, I'm pretty white, have moles & used the tanning bed A LOT in my 20's so I've had some "suspicious" moles removed. All was good this appointment but I have these little thingys under one of my eyes. They're skin tags & my Dr. told me she could clip them off which I was all for until she said they could come back or new ones could appear. Lovely. Here's a PSA, if you have lots of them it can be a symptom of diabetes. In my case "it's a sign of aging". Good grief. I could deal with the whole getting older thing if I didn't have crap like this going on. How's this for ironic? My face still break outs! So I'm not too old for break outs but I'm old enough for skin tags? Yet in order to get the meds for break outs my Dr has to jump through hoops & write letters so the insurance company will cover them because I'm over 25. I deal with this every year. You'd think I'd be over it but it annoys me every year. 

I  noticed something weird on Facebook last night. Kids are selling the strangest things. It used to be junky stuff that nobody wanted or wrapping paper or if you were lucky World's Finest Chocolate. Last night 2 different friends posted stuff their kids are selling. Sheets & Fruit Trees. Yes, that's right, bed sheets & fruit trees. WTH? How does one go about delivering fruit trees??  

Yesterday morning I ran. 
I had the hardest time waking up. I didn't hear the alarm & when Dean woke me up I kept saying "what? what?". I was tired all day. 

Last night we went to Caliente for dinner. I know that's shocking. What's really shocking is that we haven't been in 2 weeks. We had stuff going on & couldn't go. No way was I going another weekend without my Mexican fix. I had shrimp tacos & they were delicious! I'm keeping my fingers crossed that we can eat at Pappadeaux's at some point this weekend. It's a shame it's not Mardi Gras. They have a king cake dessert. 

Has anyone ever heard of a Swell bottle? I haven't but someone told me about them today. It's supposed to keep your drinks cold for something like 24 hours & hot for 12. Apparently, it's around $35. Just wondering if anyone has one. 

Well, this has been random. 

Have a great weekend!


Wednesday, September 17, 2014


That's what last weekend was & lots of weekends in the foreseeable future. Friday after work I had a hair appointment.

Getting my highlights & no, that's not wine it's water.

Friday night our friends that live in Texas were in town for the game so we all went to Chimes for dinner.

Such a fun night.

Saturday I was up bright & early for my run. Earlier in the week the weather people had me all excited about a cold front that was coming. Yeh, that didn't happen but I'm not complaining too much because it was cloudy the entire run & there was a breeze. I timed it perfectly because as soon as I finished it started raining.

9 miles done! I rewarded myself with a pedicure after. I took an ice bath after my run & got ready & was at the nail salon at 9:00 when they opened but they weren't opened. I got a coffee & waited & they still didn't open so off I went to another salon. The sign said they opened at 9:00. They were closed. Weird. Salon number 3, all three of the salons are within a mile of each other, sign said it opened at 9:00 & it was closed. By this point I was beginning to think someone didn't want me to have a pedi. Was it a Vietnamese holiday I didn't know about? Do they not open on home game days because they're so close to campus & traffic is a nightmare? I made my way to Salon number 4 which required me to pass Salon number 1 again & I saw there were lights on. Apparently, they were just running late. I was happy because they give the best leg massage & I needed it after those 9 mi.

I'm tired of pink so I went with Essie "Lapis of Luxury". Then it was nap time.

It was our turn to host our neighbor friends for the game.
The cupcake was delicious!! It went really well with my Champagne & Chambord!

Sunday morning after Mass Scott & Lydia dropped Logan off at our house while they went to run & my friends Vicki & Allison brought their boys over & we all swam.

Logan loved these weird gloves that Lane brought over.

Logan, Cael & Lane

I don't know if something weird is blooming right now or it's just my sinuses but I didn't feel great last week & I took meds all weekend. Needless to say I was not in the mood to get up at 4:30 Monday morning so I didn't. I did get up Tuesday for my run.

My next run is tomorrow & then I have to figure out what I'm doing about my long run over the weekend. We're going to Texas Friday to watch our nephew play football & then we're visiting with friends the rest of the weekend & will come home Sunday. I can't decide if I want to do the long run Sunday morning or wait until we get home & do it Sunday evening. I'll figure it out.

How was y'alls weekend?


Wednesday, September 10, 2014


I don't know about y'all but I don't use my iPhone like I could. Yeh, I'm on it all the time checking Facebook, Twitter & Instagram - I swear everything I need to know is on one of these - but I don't use a lot of the other features. Sage contacted me about doing a guest post on smartphones & all the things they can do. Hope you learn something to make your life easier!

13 Things You Should Know About Your Smartphone

A lot of people probably use their smartphones for nothing more than calling and texting. Sure you’ve had your phone for a while but did you know that aside from taking photos and videos, playing music and games, and web surfing, your smartphone, basically a mini-computer, can do so much more? You don't have to be a technojunkie to get the most out of your phone. Here are a few things you might not know your phone can do.

1. Monitor Your Health
With tons of health and fitness features and apps available for iOS, Android and Windows Phone, health and wellness monitoring has never been this fun and easy. You can measure your blood pressure and blood glucose levels, monitor your heart rate, even track your diet and daily workouts with your smartphone.

2. Weather Sensor
Samsung Galaxy S4 features a humidity and temperature sensor - useful for planning your workout schedule!

3. Control Your Car
Viper Smartstart is a popular app that functions as a key fob. It will let you start, lock, unlock and even locate your car right from your phone.

4. Take a Screenshot
Yes, you can grab a screenshot from your device. Press and hold home, power, and volume up buttons for iPhone and home and power for Samsung Galaxy S4.

5. Universal Remote Control
Using a wifi network or an infrared device, you can easily control several devices - your TV and entertainment system, even your lights and home appliances with your smartphone. Why use more than a dozen different remote controls when you can use one?

6. Webcam
You can turn your smartphone into a wireless webcam and use it with Skype, Yahoo!, Google+, AIM, Windows Live Messenger, ICQ and other messaging applications.

7. Scanner
Whether you want to scan your handwritten signature and place it into a document or scan a barcode for price check, with tons of scanning apps to choose from, you can transform your smartphone into a powerful scanning station. 

8. Virtual Wallet
You can quickly and easily shop and pay with your phone. With digital wallet apps for safely storing credit card and banking information on your smartphone, you can enjoy cash-free and card-free transactions anytime.

9. Mobile Hotspot
You can share your phone's data connection with other nearby devices. Called wifi tethering, this essentially turns your smartphone into a wireless router.

10. Live TV
No need to miss your favorite shows as apps like netTV or TVUPlayer will let you stream live content on the go.

11. Bubble Level and Tape Measure
Whether you're looking to straighten shelves or level crooked hangings, your smartphone can double up as a tape measure and spirit level. You can find free apps for iPhone, Android, and Windows Phone for determining a level surface and measuring height, width, distance, and area.

12. Measure Speed and Distance
Most smartphones now have apps that can calculate speed and direction in which object is moving, as well as distance between objects.

13. eReader
If you don't want to splurge on tablets or eBook readers, just read your e-books on your smartphone. There's a host of apps that can turn your smartphone into a decent reading device.

Sage Harman is a frugal living enthusiast, wife and mother. She runs, a site dedicated to providing free information on various popular smartphone and internet plans.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Saints Kick Off

Friday night Dean & I went downtown to have dinner & go to Live After Five. Every Friday night someone is performing live. Friday night was Mark Broussard. The weather was nice  & it wasn't brutally hot & humid. We at Lucy's Retired Surfer Bar. 

How cute is my drink. "Da Killer Blue Whale". It was delicious! We didn't stay too late because I had a 4:30 am wake up call. Me & a bunch of friends were running in the Saint's Kick Off 5K in New Orleans. 

Me & Allie. The weather was surprisingly good. Humidity was only 75%. I say only because lately it's 95% when I run. 

The race ended inside the Superdome on the 50 yard line. It was fabulous to run into an air conditioned building!

There were over 5000 people participating in this race. It was supposed to start in waves based on your estimated finish times. Well, it started in waves but it was by wherever you ended up climbing over the barricade. I was perfectly content to start in the back. The problem was getting to the back. It was just a mob scene. Shauna & I started together in the 3rd wave. Everyone else in our group was going to either walk or walk/run.I checked my watch a couple of times so I knew I was running well & I wanted to keep it up. I crossed the finish line & immediately received a text from the race telling me that my time was 30:51. I was really excited because that is a PR! Later in the day when the official results was published it showed my time as 30:50. I'll take it! The only thing I can figure is that once you cross the finish line there were 2 different mats & I stepped on them both. I'm guessing the first one is the "official time" & the second one was what got texted because it was the last thing I touched. Who knows! I was 56th our of 367 in my age group & 1228 out of 5119 overall. One day I'll get in the 20's. I'm not sure how close my watch was to the official time because as soon as I ran in the dome it lost the satellite signal. No biggie. 
Shauna, Allie, me, Allison, Caroline, Karen & Catherine. Just some of our group.

The entire group!

Allie & I took a pic under the goal post in the Dome. It was neat being on the field. The artificial turf was soft & spongy. I wish I could run on it all the time. I don't think I'd ever be sore. 

Saturday night we went to some friends to watch the LSU game. I didn't watch too much of the game. I was visiting & hanging out with this little guy.

Bentley is 4 months old & our friends daughter just got him. He got in my lap & laid there over an hour. He's a Chi Weenie & those ears of his make me laugh every time I look at him. 

He was out for awhile. 

Sunday Scott & Lydia & some friends came to eat & swim. 

Karley & Kenley are twins & Kamryn is a few years older. They're so sweet. Logan loved playing with them. 

The girls take gymnastics but I was really surprised when Karley went cart wheeling into the pool. No fear at all!

They jumped & jumped & jumped & had Dean & Scott throwing them all over the pool. 

It was such a fun weekend but it just went by too fast. Isn't that always the case?

I got up bright & early & got my run in. 

I'm not as worried about my speed being slower. Saturday showed again that I run faster in a race regardless of how slow my training runs are. Hopefully, with the combination of cooler weather & a race I'll do good in the Half in October. 


Friday, September 5, 2014

Happy Friday!

Sometime recently I came home to find a bunch of colored marks painted in my yard. You know the kind that appear when you call before you dig & they mark all of the utilities in your yard so you don't dig something up? I hadn't called them. When I mentioned it to Dean he said that it wasn't just our yard, several of our neighbors had markings in their yard too. I was so annoyed that I only focused on our yard. Well days, maybe weeks went by, I really don't remember & then I came home to this Wednesday.

I took these through the kitchen window. I didn't think it was a good idea to go out in the driveway & take pictures of strange men. Notice the standing around in the pictures. There seemed to be one person actually working & the others were standing around. I did notice at one of my neighbors there was a deep hole being dug. So deep that you could barely see the man digging it. I knew Dean had already been outside & got the scoop of what they were actually doing. He's good for things like that. I asked him what they were doing & he said "I don't know". HUH??? What do you mean?? He said the machine was running when he went to get the mail so he didn't interrupt. We think it was Cox (the cable provider) replacing their cable. That green box is where all of their stuff is. We don't have Cox so this doesn't have a thing to do with me. Also, the digging took place on the opposite side of our driveway from where all of the markings were. I'm happy about that but at the same time was it really necessary to mark up an area you weren't going to dig up??? I was pleasantly surprised when I got home yesterday that all the machinery was gone, the holes were filled & everything seemed to be finished. That was a shocker because they've been working on a sewer project down the street for months & months & months. We may be going on a year now.

I didn't sleep well at all Tuesday night so getting up to run Wednesday morning didn't happen. I don't have a long run Saturday so I figured it was ok to push this one back to Thursday.

I got my 5 miles in & I haven't been feeling any worse getting up at 4:30 than I did getting up at 4:45. However, I will not be getting up any earlier than 4:30.

I don't have a long run this weekend because I'm doing this

The NFL sponsors football season kickoff runs in NFL cities so I'll be "traveling" to New Orleans Saturday morning for the Saints run. The route goes through the French Quarter & the finish line is on the 50 yard line of the Superdome. There's a big group of us going. Some runners, some walkers. I think it will be fun.

Have a great weekend!


Wednesday, September 3, 2014


There just isn't anything the least bit exciting going on. Friday night we ate at Chimes. One of the suspended LSU football players was sitting at the table next to us. He had ear buds in so I was a little surprised to look up & see him giving us the stink eye when the guys were talking about "Club Ops" & how stupid it was. There was a special about LSU football on TV last week & it showed what the players refer to as Club Ops. Basically, they're in an auditorium in the Football Operations building & Les Miles (LSU's head football coach) is playing music & the team is "dancing". I don't call it dancing because they were just hopping around like a bunch of fools. (Aishlea did y'all see this on TV?). The way they were carrying on it's a only a matter of time before someone gets hurt. Anyway, that was our Friday night excitement.

Saturday I did this.
Started my run at 5:53 a.m. I was slow but you know what I'm going to say next. It was hot. I try to not get down on myself for my speed because I know I do better when the weather's cooler but I just want to always improve & this isn't improvement. BUT I did run 8 miles without stopping.  Gotta look at the positives. After my run I stretched & foamed rolled. I've been doing both religiously. Whatever it takes to not get injured. After that I got in the pool for a little while. It seems to help with my recovery. I'm not sure why but I haven't been sore. I managed to stay awake for awhile but then the rain came. I was out for 3 hours. This seems to be a recurring Saturday theme.

We went to Mass Saturday afternoon  & to Caliente to watch the LSU game. We stayed until half time & then went back to The Baxter's for the rest of it. They won but barely. This has the potential to be a very long season.

Sunday was Dean's Godchild's birthday. We went to his party. He was 13. There were 30 kids there. In the pool. 30 kids in a pool is LOUD!! They had fun though.

I was very happy to have an extra day off this week. I decided not to set the clock & run when I woke up. I left at 6:30.  

Monday's training was a 5 mile run. I made sure that I didn't finish too close to my house because I wanted to walk for a little while after my run. It helps me cool down & I never have time for that when I run before work.

1.77 miles followed by a dip in the pool. I had every intention of NOT taking a nap & getting some things done around the house. Well, that didn't happen. However, I only slept for an hour. Maybe my naps are relative to how far I run!


Thursday, August 28, 2014


I'm pretty sure I've mentioned about 8,954 times how hot it is. The truth is, it hasn't been brutally hot until the last couple of weeks'.We've had a unseasonably, not crazy hot summer for the most part but geeze when it gets crazy hot, it's hot! I had a 7 mile run scheduled for Saturday & I knew I had to get started early. Friday night was a quiet night, just Dean & I & Cindy & Brad went to Caliente. I drank water all night & went to bed early. The clock was going off at 5:30.

So 11:05 average per mile was slower than last weeks 6 mi. but that's ok. The heat was bad. I think Saturday I'll be getting up earlier.

There aren't usually any interesting sights to see on my runs. I run through my subd. & check out which houses are for sale. There's the usual roadkill - armadillos,squirrels & possums but that's about the extent of it. Until Saturday.
That would be a crawfish with one claw. It was making its way across the street. He either escaped before being thrown in a pot of boiling water or was dropped from the mouth of a bird. I'm going with the bird thing because it's not really crawfish season & since he only had one claw that lends itself to the bird theory.I don't think I've mentioned lately, I HATE BIRDS! Sorry if that offends anyone but you know that whole to each his own thing. So yeh that was the highlight of my run.

Next up was some weed pulling. Seriously, we could employ a gardener & I don't think he'd ever run out of things to do. I honestly believe when we pull one weed, several sprout in its place. It's exhausting. Did I mention we were under a heat advisory? The weed pulling didn't last too long & I got in the pool to cool off. Thank goodness for the pool. After lunch I took a nap.We didn't have any plans for the rest of the day so I didn't have to wake up to get ready for anything. I had a delightful 3 hour nap. That may be my favorite part of half marathon training. I sleep really really good!

Once I woke up it was back in the pool & Dean grilled steaks. One problem with half training is that I'm ALWAYS hungry. Well, that's the case when I'm not training too. Anyway, my most favorite food in the whole world is french fries. I think I could eat them every single day & not get tired of them.

I had them with my steak. YUMMO!

Since we didn't go to Mass Saturday we got up early & went Sunday morning & had breakfast after at Another Broken Egg.

They had a really good latte! I had this egg scramble thing that had veggies, ham & bacon bits in it & a side of grits. It was delicious!!!

We didn't have any plans Sunday either. I may or may not have taken another nap but it was much shorter than 3 hours.

Dean cooked this on the grill

It's a drunk chicken. When I walked in the kitchen & saw this it kinda freaked me out. The first thing I thought of was the Thanksgiving Friends episode that Joey puts the turkey on his head. It was good but still weird.

I had to increase my mileage this week.

4.5 miles on Monday. I've been keeping up with the August 30 Day Challenge I'm participating in & also throwing in a couple of weight workouts.

Wednesday's run. It wasn't quite as hot as Monday & I went a tad faster but I felt sick when I finished. After about 10 minutes I was ok.

Yesterday, we booked our hotel for the half marathon. Now I just have to register for the race itself. I was waiting to make sure I was going to be able to do it & the price doesn't increase for a couple of weeks so I just haven't done it. I did see that there is a 10 mile option so if I don't feel like I'm ready for 13.1 I can do it.

I saw this somewhere yesterday & it made me laugh.

HAHAHA! I think most of us can relate to that right?!